So if you’ve hung around my blog long enough, you know I started a blog series I called The Pledge a couple of years ago, telling the Biblical story of Judah and Tamar. I shelved it at about 85% complete, but have decided to finish it and post it on Wattpad.
If you are familiar with the story at all, you may find my take on it refreshing and new: Judah, God’s chosen and the progenitor and heir of Jacob, Isaac and Abraham’s fortunes, was not the honorable man he’s often portrayed as, while Tamar was hardly acting out of a righteous desire to see God’s will done (hell had nothing on this woman’s fury).
Like us, they were human; and in the countless of millennia that humans have walked this earth, human nature is one thing that has not changed. This is part of the reason I enjoy writing Biblical fiction – people are often confused or ‘bored’ by the stories in the book, but if you can get past those thoughts, you’ll find real, relatable stories that can encourage and inspire.
Which brings me to what makes my stories different than some of the others out there. As I writer, I do believe in employing literary license to fill in the places that need it, but that’s it. I take what’s available (in the Bible, in Jewish writings, etc.) and combine it to create a story that’s as faithful to the “real” story as much as possible. So if you’re looking for a good story to read, head on over to Wattpad and give The Pledge a try. I’ll be updating the site a few times a weekly until it’s done. And if you like it, please share it with others.